Revue de presse du 24 octobre 2017
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU MARDI 24 OCTOBRE 2017
I Witness News
Following the decision by the Court of Appeal earlier this year to overturn the decision in a first application to inspect ballots in the matter regarding the two petitions filed challenging the 2015 election results, the opposition New Democratic Party has filed another application in that regard. The said application will be heard by Justice Esco Henry, the same person who previously denied an application by the respondents.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is calling on Prime Minister Keith Mitchell to prove how his various appointments are benefiting the country. Prime Minister Mitchell currently holds various regional positions such as President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Chairman of CARICOM and Chairman of Small States Forum, which the leader of the NDC, Senator Nazim Burke, believes has nothing to do with his management abilities and which brings into question the priorities of the Prime Minister.
St Lucia News Online
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is currently visiting Mexico, with a delegation comprising the Minister responsible for External Affairs, the Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Permanent Representative to the OAS and Ambassador to CARICOM, OECS and the Diaspora. The delegation will meet with high level officials to discuss agriculture, tourism and investment. After the said visit the delegation will head to Belize to attend the Fourth Summit of Heads of State and Government of CARICOM and the United Mexican States.
Caribbean News Now
Following an advisory by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the US Treasury Department in 2014, regarding the abuse of the CIP by persons wanting to engage in illicit financial activity, the Government approved the retention of two United States lobbying firms to get FinCEN to remove the advisory. To date the notice is still in place and the opposition is questioning the payment of US$96,000 to the said firms.
Asot Michael, Minister for Tourism and Investment, has been suspended from Cabinet and relieved of all his ministerial portfolios. Prime Minister Gaston Browne instructed the Governor General to suspend the MP after receiving news from Antigua’s High Commissioner in London of his arrest upon arrival at Gatwick airport in London yesterday. The Prime Minister made it clear that he had no firm details of the reasons for the arrest but notes that the arrest itself warrants the suspension. The Minister however has since been released.